Planning for an emergency
If you think you might have to forsake your trip, buy travel insurance. Consider a comprehensive policy that includes travel interruption. Jenna Hummer, director of public relations at Squaremouth, which compares insurance policies, said interruption coverage typically costs 5 to 7 percent on top of the premium price. In return, you will receive 100 to 200 percent of your nonrefundable expenses, such as unused portions of your trip and your new return flight. Hummer reminds travelers to read the policy documents to make sure the coverage applies to their specific situations.
“The policy may only cover direct family members and not a stepchild once removed,” she said.
To ease the stress of rebooking a flight, buy a flexible economy ticket. This fare category is expensive — up to four times as much as basic economy — but you can alter your itinerary without incurring any fees or price differences. (If you buy insurance, you can stick with a nonrefundable fare.)
Read the full Washington Post article online here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/you-are-on-vacation-and-a-loved-one-at-home-dies-what-do-you-do-now/2019/03/28/dc7219ce-3c6a-11e9-a2cd-307b06d0257b_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.3929061295e9